Who am I?

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Monique Littlejohn has been a professional fundraiser and top level development and marketing executive for more than 15 years. In June, 2016, she relocated to Australia and is interested in supporting businesses in their marketing and communications needs. She is available for training, consulting, an employment. Thanks to the internet, she can support businesses worldwide.

Career History

For six years, she worked in several roles throughout California and Hawaii for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she was responsible for hiring and training development and management staff, build special events, and co-produce the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. She was able to turn around a district office from being number 224 in district offices to being number 2 within one year. When she moved to the regional level, she utilized the same skills to support the region to the same stratospheric success. After that, she moved into the arts arena where she worked for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. At the Festival, she introduced several new development concepts and started a new fundraising event – the Silver Screen Bash, which provided necessary income to cover overhead between Festivals. To build her international experience, she worked in two roles at the Adelaide Festival Centre, the leading Performing Arts Institution in South Australia. There, she introduced fundraising concepts such as ROI for marketing benefits included in sponsorships, planned giving, and online fundraising. She worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara as the Development Director where she was responsible for planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, special events, committee development, marketing and communications. Most recently, she worked for seniors at the Montecito Retirement Community, aka Casa Dorinda; a premier lifecare community in Montecito, CA, where she focused on building a new advancement program, providing the essential backbone to create a culture of philanthropy for an organization that had not focused on major gifts in 20 years. Upon arrival in Adelaide, she worked briefly for SAHMRI.

Board of Directors 2014-2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter  Board – Vice President, Professional Development 2016. 

Friends of the Montecito Library 2016 – Development and Finance Committee

Transition House Women’s Auxiliary 2014-2016 – Scholarship Chair, Friendship Chair

Current Committee Commitment

Scotch College – AdCom Committee 2016-2017

Through her career, she has participated in hundreds of fundraising special events including taste events, honoree dinners, golf tournaments, telethons, walks, fill the boot campaigns and lock ups.

Trainer

She has taught hundreds of development and management staff about fundraising, committee and board development. She is also a philanthropist who has turned her passion for gem cutting and jewelry making into tens of thousands of dollars in donations throughout California, Hawaii, and South Australia.

Education

Her education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration at Texas A&M University; a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Fielding Graduate University and CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive), an internationally recognized credential that fewer than 3% of all fundraisers hold worldwide. She stays up to date in marketing and nonprofit fields by attending seminars and taking classes on a monthly basis.

What’s next?

She is open to new opportunities in leadership, marketing and communications based in South Australia.

Monique Littlejohn is an accomplished photographer, voice over artist, crafter, book author, award winning jeweler, and gem cutter.  She has written 10 books that are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other notable booksellers.

Her online courses are available through Udemy, Curious, and Skillshare.

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